React Fundamentals

  • 48 Lessons
  • 287 Minutes
  • Updated 5 days ago

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The modularity of the React ecosystem is extremely powerful for building applications. However, it makes learning React a nightmare when first starting out. To even get a React app up and running, you need the right combination of React, Webpack, and Babel. In this course we'll start from a blank folder and we'll build an application that encompasses everything you need to get started building production ready applications with React (including Routing and Ajax requests). With an average rating of 9.3/10 from 2,945 reviews, this could be the most popular and highest rated way to learn React. Recently updated and compatible with React 16.3.

Pre-Requisites

Experience with the web platform (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) will help, but if you're coming from a different programming language, it isn't required. If you're a complete beginner, this course may be a struggle but you're welcome to try it out.
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What you'll learn

  • NPM

  • JavaScript

    Array.map
    Array.filter
    Array.reduce
    Pure Functions
    this
    .call
    .apply
    .bind
  • React (v16.3)

    Imperative vs Declarative
    Composition
    Unidirectional Dataflow
    JSX
    Virtual DOM
    ES6 Classes
    state
    props
    children
    prop-types package
    createElement
    functional setState
    Lifecycle Hooks
    Container vs Presentational Components
    Stateless Functional Components
    Synthetic Events
    Private Stateless Functional Components
  • Webpack 4

    Configuration
    HTMLWebpackPluginConfig
    Loaders
  • Hosting

    Building for Production
    Deployment

Who is this course for?

  • Mid to Sr level back-end developers who are new to JavaScript but want to learn about React as quickly as possible.
  • Bootcamp graduates who are confident in the fundamentals of JavaScript and want to become more employable by learning React.
  • Angular developers who want to learn about why React is gaining popularity.
  • Developers who are frustrated with the disjointed approach to learning React and want a linear, coherent path.
  • jQuery or Backbone developers who want to learn a more declarative, component based approach to building UIs.
  • Native mobile developers who want to see what all the hype around React is about.
  • Front end developers wanting to modernize their skillset in order to get a raise or apply for another job.
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Course Outline

  • Intro to the React Ecosystem

    Welcome
    Introduction to the React Ecosystem Video
    Introduction to React Quiz
    (Bonus Text) Imperative vs Declarative Programming
  • Setting up your first React component with NPM, Babel, and Webpack

    Intro to Text Sections
    NPM
    Webpack 4 for React
    First React Component
    Video: Babel, Webpack, and React
    (Bonus Text) React Elements vs React Components
    Quiz: Npm, Babel, and Webpack
  • Dataflow with Props

    Dataflow with Props in React
    Practicing Props
    Solution - Props
    Creating lists in React with .map and .filter
    Practicing .map and .filter
    Solution - .map and .filter
  • Pure Functions. f(d)=v. Props and Nesting React Components.

    Building UIs with Pure Functions and Function Composition in React
    Introduction to PropTypes
    Video: Validating Components with PropTypes
    Quiz: Pure Functions and Props
  • The "this" keyword + Managing and Updating State

    Video: The "this" Keyword Pt1: Intro and Implicit Binding
    Video: The "this" Keyword Pt2: Explicit binding with .call, .apply, and .bind
    Video: The "this" keyword Pt3: The "new" and "window" binding
    Video: Managing and Updating Component State
    Quiz: The "this" keyword
  • Stateless Functional Components

    Stateless Functional Components in React
    Video: Stateless Functional Components
    Private Components in React
    (Bonus Text) Functional Components vs Stateless Functional Components vs Stateless Components
  • Life Cycle Events + Ajax

    React Life Cycle Events
    Video: Making Ajax Requests in React
    Quiz: Lifecycle Events
  • React Router V4

    Intro to React Router V4
    Video: Adding React Router to our Application
  • Forms and Encapsulation in React

    Video: Forms and Encapsulation in React
  • Dynamic Rendering + Query Params

    Video: Dynamic Rendering + Query Params
  • Axios, Promises, and the Github API

    .reduce
    Video: Axios, Promises, and the Github API
  • Composition vs props.children

    props.children in React
    Video: Composition vs props.children
  • Building a Highly Reusable React Component

    Defaulting props with defaultProps
    Video: Building a Highly Reusable Component
    Quiz: Building a Highly Reusable React Component
  • Building for Production + Hosting

    Video: Building for Production + Hosting
    My Favorite Things
    Next Steps

What devs are saying

This is the best React fundamentals course on any planet. Period.

Highly recommended. Fantastic. 10/10. Awesome. Love. Can't see how it could be better. So glad I stumbled upon this course.

This is one of the best online programming language courses I've ever done. Tyler was great and explained clearly where gotchas might come up. Also the app was fun to build and kept me engaged! Totally worth the time.

I thought I knew React pretty well until I did the fundamentals course. It's the best resource I've come across to learn how to use React and use it efficiently and effectively. I've learned some new tricks but more importantly, I've learned to think in React. I highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to learn React. Tyler does an amazing job at presenting and demonstrating how to solve real problems while building real applications.

As someone with a background in instruction and instructional design, I immediately recognized Tyler's course as a cut above the glut of "learn React" content, currently available. His material is well organized, the concepts build in an intuitive way, and the instruction is clearly-articulated, easy to follow, and blessedly free of annoying misdirects and content-padding that bog down other online courses.

A lot of courses tend to skip over the foundations leaving you able to play around but not really sure how it actually works. Tyler does an amazing job explaining how all the pieces work from a blank canvas so you can feel confident building your own production-ready apps going forward. He's done an incredible job teaching the fundamentals of ReactJS in a fun, easy-to-follow way!

I cannot recommend React Fundamentals enough. I played around with so many other tutorials and tried my hand at teaching myself, none of which worked. Tyler does a fantastic job of making it clear what is happening and really breaking things down. It is a great feeling when it all finally clicks. React has made me reconsider the entire way I develop and that is all thanks to this course. Thank you so much!

TylerMcGinnis's React Fundamentals course was extremely high quality and you get waaaaay more than what you pay for. The videos go deep into the usage and implementation of React, the React eco-system, and the work-along project sufficiently covers most aspects of the front end web development. I would recommend this course to those just past the JavaScript beginner stage as well as for experienced JavaScript Engineers who want to learn more about React.

The best react tutorial on the Internet, by far! Very well structured, 100% accurate and adequately paced. Thank you!

This course was absolutely incredible. I just started doing front end at my job which uses ReactJS and this course came out at the perfect time for me. Almost everything I learned in this course was transferable to the workplace and I was quickly up to speed pushing live React code alongside all the other front end devs. Tyler is an amazing teacher!

TylerMcGinnis.com offers the most comprehensive React courses on the planet. The React Fundamentals course has helped my React, JavaScript and overall development skills grow quickly and profoundly in just a few days. Still, after completing this course, I continually reiterate over the material and always feel like a better developer because of it. Definitely the best resource out there!

Definitely one of my favorite courses that I have found online for any language or framework. The pacing is great, the text is written coherently, and the videos are well done. When I finished the course, I had a good solid understanding of how React works and how to build my own projects using these methodologies. The course took me a little less than 2 days to finish and I would highly recommend it!

I haven't seen anyone do what Tyler has done in terms of understanding the pains I'm going through and not only talking in terms I can understand but designing a course that mixes different mediums like text, video, personal project and outside reading.

This is one of the best courses that I have found on the internet, not only for React but as a programming course in general. It is very well structured and I noticed that whenever a question would pop up in my mind, Tyler would address it within a minute in the video. So it is clear that he has quite some experience teaching this subject and is aware of the unclarities that a new-comer to React might have.

Tyler's course on React was extremely helpful to me as it was very to the point and at the same time in depth. I'll be back for more courses for sure. He has the best explanation of "this", "apply", "call", and "bind" out there.

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